Manor Gearing Up for Tenth Annual Trout Parade

Banner for the 10th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, artwork by Elizabeth Ennis.
Banner for the 10th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, artwork by Elizabeth Ennis.

 June 8 Parade Will Be Dedicated to Barry Foster

Attention local businesses, community groups, schools, artists, musicians, performance groups and more! The 10th annual Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 in Livingston Manor, NY, rain or shine. The Catskill Art Society invites you to “Boogie Down” and take part in the region’s funkiest community parade and street fair.

Individuals and groups that would like to dress in costume, decorate a bicycle, design a float, dance down Main Street, show off classic cars, make some music, or present a performance are welcome to participate in the Trout Parade. Your presentation can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.

The 10th Annual Trout Parade is dedicated to the memory of Barry Foster, who as emcee for eight years infused the parade with all the energy and humor to keep it going on its wiggling way.  Barry passed away this year on April 19, but his spirit is such to keep the Trout Parade going for a long time to come.

The 2013 Trout Parade will step-off promptly at 1:00 p.m., led by the honorary “Sturgeon General” and featuring a wide variety of music, entertainment and floats representing local businesses, organizations and performance groups from this area and beyond. Look for pre-parade entertainment to include stilt-walkers from the NaCl Theatre, performers from Catskill Puppet Theatre, face painting by Miss Sunshine, and much more. Throughout the festivities, Wilkes and Bernard Photography will provide professional instant portraits of you and your family at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, with proceeds to benefit CAS.

We hope you’ll join in the fun. There is no cost to participate and hundreds come to see the Trout Parade each year. It’s also in support of a good cause. Don’t let this parade pass you by!

Catskill Art Society is producing this year’s Trout Parade in partnership with the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce, and with support from businesses and individuals from around the community. Proceeds from the parade will benefit the Arts and Music programs at the Livingston Manor Central School, and the Catskill Art Society.

To celebrate the milestone of the Trout Parade’s 10th Anniversary, the CAS Arts Center is assembling a special exhibit to showcase the event’s history and celebrate the joy of fishing. CAS is seeking artwork and artifacts featuring fish to represent this central part of our community’s identity. This exhibit will be on display for one week through this year’s Trout Parade, and participants are welcome to “borrow” their work to use in the Parade!

All original artwork, photographs, historical artifacts, and unique fishing paraphernalia is welcome for submission.There is no fee to submit work. All pieces should be delivered ready to hang or display by Tuesday, May 28. Please include a brief note outlining the work’s origin and description, as well as its title and artist’s name if known.

For more information and details on how to participate in the 2013 Trout Parade or become a sponsor, please contact the Catskill Art Society at 845-436-4227 or You can also find the Trout Parade on Facebook at


Livingston Manor Alive with Birds of Prey

Chiavaro and female Peregrine Falcon

Livingston Manor, NY  – Excitement is building for Livingston Manor’s first Bird of Prey Day on Saturday, September 29 at the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS). The event is hosted by Peter Chiavaro, a general falconer and resident of Livingston Manor. Dozens of bird of prey are expected to be on hand for the event, including falcons, hawks and owls.

Map and Special Offers, click to enlarge.

“Bird of Prey Day could be a once in a life time opportunity for people to experience the world of raptors first hand. Licensed falconers will be on hand to answer questions and introduce the public to their birds”, said Bird of Prey Day host Chiavaro.

The public is invited to get close to these wild and powerful birds of prey throughout the day. A Birds of Prey Tent will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Demonstrations will be held in the LMCS gymnasium at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There is also a not to be missed flying event scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on the field.

A variety of craft and food vendors will be on the grounds at LMCS. Many businesses on and around Main Street will also be offering special events and offers for Bird of Prey Day including the CAS Arts Center, Flour Power Bakery & Café, the Livingston Manor Library, Madison’s Main Street Stand, Main Street Farm, Morgan Outdoors, The Plunk Shop, Rolling River Café and Gallery, Wildlife Gift Shop and Willow and Brown.

Sponsors include Jeff Bank of Livingston Manor, the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce, the Livingston Manor Community Center, Willow and Brown and All American Event Rentals.

Admission to the event is $3.00 per person. Funds raised will benefit low income families of the Livingston Manor School District.

For more information, please go to to download a parking map and find more details regarding special “Bird of Prey Day” events and offers in Livingston Manor.

Dream Big Workshop at Livingston Manor Free Library

Dream Big: Write and Perform, July 28

Adults and kids — wake up your words!  Transform your own everyday words into short poems and find what dreams hide there at Dream Big: Write and Perform , a free workshop at the Livingston Manor Library on Saturday, July 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Led by performance poet Laura Moran, participants will explore and create poetry and make a world for the poems to live in by bringing them off the page and onto the “stage.” Individuals and families, children and adults, all are welcome.  Refreshments will be provided.  Everyone will leave with a new poem and a way to show others how that poem dreams!

Laura Moran has been called “one of the most beautifully lyrical poets ever to bridge the space between page and stage,” (Taylor Mali, national award winning poet, performer and educator). Ms. Moran is the Adult Programming Coordinator at the Western Sullivan Public Library where she curates and hosts First Fridays: Contemporary Writers Series at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch and formerly coordinated children’s programs.

For more information, please call the library at 439-5440. Registration is requested by Friday, July 27. The Livingston Manor Library is located at 92 Main Street, across from the firehouse.

This program is supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.